Aug 23, 2018 09:12 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 14, 2019 21:40 Asia/Tehran]
  • Iran military aviation Official: Kowthar fighter jet 100 percent made in Iran

The head of Iran Aviation Industries Organization Brigadier General Abdolkarim Banitarafi says the recently unveiled Kowthar fighter jet is domestically manufactured and 100 percent made in Iran.

Iran Press-Brigadier General Abdolkarim Banitarafi made the remarks on State TV IRIB 2 last night, hours after the first home-made supersonic fighter jet named ‘Kowthar ’ was unveiled in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani yesterday morning.

“Kowthar fighter jet is 100% indigenous and built inside the country. It's a predator aircraft whose mission is to closely provide air support  to ground operations,” Banitarafi said.

He added that the fighter jet enjoys advanced electronic equipment and it can carry various kinds of missiles and bombs that are designed and manufactured domestically and there will be no need for  any foreign assistance, MNA reported.

Since the aircraft is indigenous, so it can be developed easily in cooperation with the country’s academic centers and universities, Banitarafi noted.

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He added that the new Iranian fighter jet uses the fourth generation of military digital network and enjoys advanced equipment that are of great help to its pilot.

Iran Aviation Industries Organization head further said that after the operational tests, some changes will be made to the aircraft and it will enter the mass production stage.

He said that domestically manufacturing Kowthar fighter jets will save Iran millions of dollars and will produce hundreds of jobs for Iranian youth.

First Iranian-manufactured fighter jet, "Kowthar" was officially unveiled on Tuesday, which is Iran's national day of defence industry . The fighter jet has been made by Iranian defence industry engineers and scientists.


According to an Iran Press report, the new generation fighter jet has advanced features  such as multi-purpose fully digital displays, Multi-function display (MFD), an advanced on-board computer for tracking of targets, advanced flight instrument systems,  advanced multi-purpose RADAR system,  and fire control system  for  gathering and processing of information on targets.

Target information from sensors is monitored by a Fire Control Computer on board the Kowthar fighter jet.

The indigenous Iranian-manufactured fighter jet  represents  a great achievement for Iran's defence industry.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is now one of just a handful of countries capable of manufacturing advanced organic fighter jets. Tuesday, 21 August,  is Iran's national day of defence industry. 


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